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Flyers, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation still undecided on future events at Trump National Philadelphia

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Flyers, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation still undecided on future events at Trump National Philadelphia

The Flyers and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation have enjoyed a nearly decade-long partnership with the Trump organization, and it’s one that may not be coming to an end.  

In June, The Inquirer reported this year’s Philadelphia Flyers Celebrity Golf Invitational would be the foundation's final tournament to be played at Trump National Philadelphia in Pine Hill, New Jersey citing "passions that have been stirred by recent events,” which at the time was stated on the foundation website.

However, the decision to leave Trump National Philadelphia has not been finalized, and as of now, tournament organizers have not started a search for a new venue in 2019.

“We have a contract through this year, and as we do whenever contracts expire, we’ll examine all of our options,” Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation CEO Scott Tharp said.

“Trump has been a terrific supporter of ours. The questions we’ve gotten is why would you support a Trump facility and people really have that backwards. Trump supported us for nine years now. They donate the course, they donate the greens fees. It would be very hard to replace that.”

In addition to the complimentary green fees and carts, Trump National Philadelphia also donated four golfing packages to this year’s silent auction items in which the minimum bids started between $1,000-$1,500. Those packages at Trump-owned golf resorts were expected to raise at minimum $5,000 for the foundation. 

In all, the annual Philadelphia Flyers Celebrity Golf Invitational — which isn’t organized by the team — is the single-biggest fundraising event for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the 2018 tournament raised $1.2 million for services and programs serving underprivileged youth in the Delaware Valley.  

Several Flyers — including Wayne Simmonds, Sean Couturier, Brian Elliott and Andrew MacDonald — did not participate in this year’s tournament because of injury concerns, but they were on hand for the dinner and reception that followed. 

Tharp says no player has chosen to sit out the event as a protest to Donald Trump and his policies as President of the United States. 

Last year, the USGA drew enormous criticism when it refused to move the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open from the Trump National course in Bedminster, New Jersey, which is also the future site of the 2022 PGA Championship. 

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Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

Catching up on Carter Hart in live stream, teammates troll in the comments

With the season on hold, many of the Flyers have gone back to their hometowns for the time being, until they receive word about what the next step will be for the NHL.

That gave Carter Hart the chance to check in with NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes on Friday night during an Instagram live. There, they talked about a wide range of things, including hobbies, an ugly suit trip and Hart even had a few teammates crash the chat room.

There’s a lot of extra time on the players’ hands right now, so what has Hart been up to? Mostly playing guitar and a lot of NBA2K.

He plays both electric and acoustic guitar, but it’s still a work in progress.

“I just wanted to get into something a little different,” Hart said. “I thought guitar would be the easiest thing to try and pick up, but it’s pretty hard.” 

And with the mention of the NBA, of course Weekes had to check in and see who Hart had been rooting for leading up to the season on pause. Obviously, many in Canada cheer for the Raptors but now that he’s playing in Philadelphia? 

“Living in Philly now, I've got to cheer for the Sixers,” Hart said.

Smart answer from the 21-year-old. And he certainly nailed the dynamic of the fans that he loves playing in front of. 

“If we’re sucking, they’re going to let us know,” Hart joked. “But if we’re winning, they’re behind us.”

Then a conversation that originally stemmed from pizza turned into Hart breaking down a roast session about him from his teammates. Apparently, the team had an ugly suit trip when it was off to Columbus — something that we’ll definitely need to do more research on — but Hart has only a handful of suits on the regular rotation. 

“I only have three suits,” Hart said. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to wear this,’ and I show up to the plane and everyone was like, ‘That’s the suit you wear all of the time.’

“I was like, ‘Wow, what do you want from me? You guys hate it anyways.’” 

Of course, it’s all in good fun … at least we hope. 

And soon enough, his buddies crashed the chat. About 75 percent through the stream, Nolan Patrick joined the party and started to have some fun in the comment section.  It wasn’t long before the captain Claude Giroux tuned in as well, coaching the young goalie of how to get to his end point when talking in an interview. Always looking out for the kiddo. Former teammate Dale Weise even joined the chat party, so naturally him and Patrick were joking around. 



It’s safe to say these guys certainly miss seeing each other daily. Hopefully we’ll get more live streams in the near future. 

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Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

Flyers' Game 3 in 2010 Stanley Cup Final was the Best Game I Ever Saw Live

In the spring of 1997, Eric Lindros and company were steamrolled. Swept by the Detroit Red Wings for the first of three Stanley Cup titles in six years for the Motor City.

Fast-forward 13 years. The Flyers are back in the Final facing the same fate after losing the first two games in Chicago.

This Flyers team already completed one of the most improbable comebacks the NHL had ever seen. Down 3-0 to the Bruins in the series and then in Game 7, it shocked the world. The odds of this team completing the historic feat twice in the span of a month? Not great. That made Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final so important. If the Flyers are going to win the Cup, they have to win this game.

The night featured everything you love about playoff hockey. A game associated with the bitterness of winter played on a warm evening in June. The arena maxed out with 20,000 people wearing orange, holding their breath with every scoring chance, every save, then erupting in unison when the goal horn ripped through your eardrums.

Sixty minutes would not be enough. Five minutes into overtime the fans jumped to their feet, releasing a burst of energy that could be felt down Broad Street. It would turn out to be a practice run for the euphoria to come. Replays of the puck behind goaltender Corey Crawford, sliding perfectly along the goal line, confirmed our worst fears. It’s not over.

The swing of emotions is what makes overtime playoff hockey so unique. The suddenness of it all is unmatched. Which is why none of us were expecting, less than one minute later, the building would shake. No need for a review. No need to regain our composure. Claude Giroux had won Game 3.

It was one of those moments when strangers were now family. Section 212 became my new neighborhood. I looked around to take in the moment, seeing smiles from ear to ear and even a few jubilant tears.

One week later, tears of a different kind were shed after Patrick Kane celebrated by himself on the same sheet of ice. Another Final loss jump-started another dynasty with the Blackhawks claiming three Cups in six years. The hurt of that series loss was equaled only by the exhilaration of Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. The best game I ever saw live.



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